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The Best Ways to Cultivate Your Mental Strength
What We Can Learn From the World's Top Athletes Grit. Determination. Willpower. Fortitude. Do you have what it takes to persist in the face of challenges? To pick yourself up and carry on even when it seems like you have hit a brick wall?

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Components Of Mental Toughness

  • Challenge: Viewing challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles.
  • Control: Believing that you are in control of your life and destiny.
  • Commitment:

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Believe In Your Ability To Succeed

Mentally tough people truly believe they can succeed. That extends to encompass even mundane things in their life.

Whatever you challenge yourself with, believing in yourself is essential....

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Seek Intrinsic Rewards

Intrinsic motivations are those that come from within an individual and involve doing things for their own sake. They drive them to do better, push harder, be stronger, and persevere.

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Don't Let Setbacks Get You Down

Facing difficulty leads successful people to develop ways of managing stress and excelling despite it. The mentally tough tend to rebound from setbacks with a renewed sense of determination....

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Be Self-Directed

By setting goals and then following through on their pursuit, mentally tough people are able to get the things that they want out of life. They are simply willing to put in the work.

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Maintain Focus

You aren't always going to have the perfect setting and support for pursuing your goals. Other things are going to compete for your attention.

Mentally tough people are able to keep wo...

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Accept The Highs And Lows In Life

Adversity and competition can help foster mental toughness and expose what one is truly capable of. Mentally tough people expect adversity, but they have faith in their abilities to survive, ada...

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Maintain Your Sense Of Control

Rather than pin their failures or successes on outside forces, they have a more internal locus of control. They believe that they have an active role in creating their own victories.

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Stick With It, However Hard

Sticking to your commitments helps you gain the lessons and experience you need to succeed in the future. It teaches you about your strengths, makes you aware of your weaknesses, and help...

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Put a Positive Spin On It

Working on your goal may, over time, contribute to a mentally tough attitude. Continually working, you're more likely to feel a sense of mastery, achievement, and productivity, which makes the p...

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Find Support

Successful people spend a lot of time with peers who provide support, training opportunities, and a positive environment for personal and professional development. 

Look to people you...

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Defining Mental Toughness

Whatever it is, be clear about what you’re going after and tie it to concrete actions. You can’t think your way to becoming mentally tough, you prove it to yourself by doing something in real life.

Mental Toughness And Small Wins

Mental toughness needs to be worked to grow and develop. If you haven’t pushed yourself in thousands of small ways, you’ll wilt when things get difficult.

Extreme situations test our courage, perseverance, and mental toughness, but so do everyday circumstances. Challenge yourself whenever you can, consistently do what you know you’re supposed to and don’t let your brain’s laziness control you.

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Ego Depletion

Ego Depletion

Ego depletion happens when people use up their available willpower on one task.

We all have natural urges, desires, and tendencies that demand attention. When we curb those ...

Self Control

People having a high level of self-control experience better relationships and have higher achievement levels. Lack of self-control is associated with social conflict and low-grade academic performance.

Example: While following a diet regime, a person spends a lot of willpower the whole day trying to avoid junk food, but by the end of the day, all his mental energy has been exhausted, and there is no self-control left, resulting in snacking on unhealthy food.

Causes of Ego Depletion

Many emotional and physical factors contribute to ego depletion, like:

  • Emotional distress
  • Struggling to learn something new
  • Mental fatigue due to anxiety
  • Low levels of blood sugar
  • Too much choice
  • Conflicting beliefs and actions (cognitive dissonance)
  • Heart Rate
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Being young and immature.

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Mental Toughness Traits

Mental Toughness Traits

Professional athletes have five common traits, which make them mentally tough:

  1. Ego strength
  2. Level-headedness
  3. Stress tolerance
  4. Thoroughness
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Ego Strength

Ego, generally considered an enemy, surprisingly can also be defined as a measure to handle setbacks, criticism and rejection.

When our ego-strength is embraced and utilized positively, we genuinely believe in ourselves no matter what the circumstances. No rejection, loss or failure can destroy our will to keep going.

Level-Headedness

Mental toughness is about keeping calm and level-headed while in situations that can make one emotional or make one’s heart pound.

It is almost like a superpower if you are composed and ‘cool’ instead of giving a knee-jerk, emotional reaction.

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